Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

SA art scene thriving

Photo by Jake Striebeck

Artpace introduces new residents for the Fall 2019 Residency

Artistic creation and culture are alive and blooming in the heart of San Antonio thanks to Artpace. Located on 445 N. Main Ave, Artpace is both an open-to-the-public contemporary art exhibit and a nonprofit residency program supporting regional, national and international artists.

Residency artists call San Antonio’s Artpace home for two months while they are given the space and supplies needed to create new works of art. They receive an apartment, a studio space, an honorarium, production money and access to the full-time staff. The created artwork is exhibited and then goes on to appear in private and public collections across the world.

Exhibits are displayed throughout the building which is open and free to the public during operating hours. Upon entering the building, one can find a lively Artpace employee behind a desk who will provide any and all information on the exhibits, residents and many of the other installments curated by Artpace.

Artpace also holds a variety of events and educational opportunities. Starting Oct. 8, Artpace will hold a Morning Mixer every Friday and provide free donuts and coffee brewed by a variety of featured coffee artists from around San Antonio.

Artpace also participates in community involvement by providing different educational services, workshops, film-screenings, rooftop concerts and performances.

For fall 2019, Artpace welcomes four new residents home. Their stay will start on Sept. 23, and end on Nov. 18.

Jessica Halonen from Austin, Texas is a painter and sculpture who integrates science and history into her art. She explores topics such as genetic engineering in the pharmaceutical industry, the historical and metaphorical implications with color and other research-based work. Her work has been exhibited in notable museums including the local McNay Art Museum in San Antonio.

Cauleen Smith from Los Angeles, California is an interdisciplinary artist working with multiple materials and arenas including film and installation. Her work draws from structuralism, Third World Cinema and science fiction which tackles activism and the curiosity of possibilities in an imaginative world. Her short films, feature film, installations and performances were showcased at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019 and have received many awards including the Rockefeller Media Arts Award.

Emre Hüner from Istanbul, Turkey, works with drawings, video, sculpture and installations. His art focuses on constructed narratives and eclectic assemblages that examine subjects like utopia, archeology and progressive ideas on improvements for the future through a reimagination of architectural entities, organic and artificial forms. His solo exhibitions have been shown around the world including Istanbul, Turkey, New York City, Mexico City, Belgium and Germany.

Kelly Baum from New York City, New York is the guest curator for the Fall 2019 residency program. She has held curatorial positions at the Princeton University Art Museum (2007-2015), the Blanton Museum of Art (2002-2007) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2000-2002).

Baum has curated or co-curated over 25 exhibitions and has had work widely published in books and catalogs. These established artists will spend two months in the city of San Antonio producing their own unique art and exhibiting them for public viewing.

Artpace is hosting a welcoming potluck to introduce the new residents on Sept. 26 from 6-8 p.m. The event will be a great opportunity to meet the new artists and to find out their plans to add to the art culture in our city.

If you can’t make it to the potluck but are interested in visiting Artpace, visit them for free during the hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 12-5 p.m. on weekends.

If you want to contribute to Artpace’s efforts, you can donate online on their website ( You also can join Artpace’s membership community which provides access to Members First Look at openings and Members Last Look at international Artist-in-Residence exhibitions, invitations to rooftop jazz summer concert series, 10 percent discount on Artpace merchandise found in the Artpace Shop and discounts at participating Artpace Alliance businesses.

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